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Marcus Aurelius
By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

But death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble or shameful—and hence neither good nor bad.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Submit to the fate of your own free will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

A spider is proud when it has caught a fly; one man when he has caught a poor hare, and another when he has taken a little fish in a net, and another when he has taken wild boars, and another when he has taken bears, and another when he has taken Sarmatians. Are not these robbers, if you examine their opinions?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Take the shortest route. The one that nature planned - to speak and act in the healthiest way. Do that, and be free of pain and stress, free of all calculations and pretension.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

When you run up against someone else’s shamelessness, ask yourself this: Is a world without shamelessness possible? No. Then don’t ask the impossible. There have to be shameless people in the world. This is one of them. The same for someone vicious or untrustworthy, or with any other defect. Remembering that the whole world class has to exist will make you more tolerant of its members.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Objective judgement, now, at this very moment. Unselfish action, now, at this very moment. Willing acceptance - now, at this very moment - of all external events. That's all you need.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Detente particularmente en cada una de las acciones que haces y pregúntate si la muerte es terrible porque te priva de eso.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Either all things proceed from one intelligent source and come together as in one body, and the part ought not to find fault with what is done for the benefit of the whole; or there are only atoms, and nothing else than a mixture and dispersion. Why, then, art thou disturbed? Say to this ruling faculty, Art thou dead, art thou corrupted, art thou playing the hypocrite, art thou become a beast, dost thou herd and feed with the rest?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The stone that is thrown into the air is none the worse for falling down, and none the better for going up.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The substance of the universe is obedient and compliant; and the reason which governs it has in itself no cause for doing evil, for it has no malice, nor does it do evil to anything, nor is anything harmed by it. But all things are made and perfected according to this reason.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

How good it is when you have roast meat or suchlike foods before you, to impress on your mind that this is the dead body of a fish, this is the dead body of a bird or pig; and again, that the Falernian wine is the mere juice of grapes, and your purple edged robe simply the hair of a sheep soaked in shell-fish blood! And in sexual intercourse that it is no more than the friction of a membrane and a spurt of mucus ejected. How good these perceptions are at getting to the heart of the real thing and penetrating through it, so you can see it for what it is! This should be your practice throughout all your life: when things have such a plausible appearance, show them naked, see their shoddiness, strip away their own boastful account of themselves. Vanity is the greatest seducer of reason: when you are most convinced that your work is important, that is when you are most under its spell.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

From Apollonius I learned freedom of will and undeviating steadiness of purpose; and to look to nothing else, not even for a moment, except to reason.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

My only fear is doing something contrary to human nature - the wrong thing, the wrong way, or at the wrong time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Let there be freedom from perturbations with respect to the things which come from the external cause; and let there be justice in the things done by virtue of the internal cause, that is, let there be movement and action terminating in this, in social acts, for this is according to thy nature.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work—as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm? —But it’s nicer here… So you were born to feel ‘nice’? Instead of doings things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands? —But we have to sleep sometime… Agreed. But nature set a limit on that—as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota. You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Whatever may happen to you was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Dig within. There lies the wellspring of good.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable . He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man: but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Cultivate these, then, for they are wholly within your power: sincerity and dignity; industriousness; and sobriety. Avoid grumbling, be frugal, considerate, and frank; be temperate in manner and speech; carry yourself with authority.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these - that where a man can live, there - if he will - he can also live well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Glory arrives too late when it comes only to one's ashes

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Just consider, my friend, whether a pure spirit and virtue are anything other than saving your life and being saved. Perhaps we need to discard the idea of longevity and cease loving this life, instead committing these things to God and, believing that no one ever escapes destiny, to consider, with that in mind, how we may live the best possible life in the time that remains.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

There is no misfortune, but to bear it nobly is good fortune.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

If you separate from . . . everything you have done in the past, everything that disturbs you about the future . . . and apply yourself to living the life that you are living-that is to say, the present-you can live all the time that remains to you until your death in calm, benevolence, and serenity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Nothing is more scandalous than a man that is proud of his humility.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Whosoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whosoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is not ours.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Accustom yourself not to be disregarding of what someone else has to say: as far as possible enter into the mind of the speaker.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life, - there, if one must speak out, the real man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

When you arise in the moring, think of what a precious privelege it is to be alive-- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Change your attitude to the things that bother you and you will be aware of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

But if we judge only those things which are in our power to be good or bad, there remains no reason either for finding fault with God or standing in a hostile attitude to man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Do not be ashamed of help.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Whatever this is that I am, it is a little flesh and breath, and the ruling part. Throw away thy books; no longer distract thyself: it is not allowed; but as if thou wast now dying, despise the flesh; it is blood and bones and a network, a contexture of nerves, veins, and arteries. See the breath also, what kind of a thing it is, air, and not always the same, but every moment sent out and again sucked in. The third then is the ruling part: consider thus: Thou art an old man; no longer let this be a slave, no longer be pulled by the strings like a puppet to unsocial movements, no longer be either dissatisfied with thy present lot, or shrink from the future.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Pray look upon the plants and birds, the ants, spiders, and bees, and you will see them all exerting their nature, and busy in their station. Pray, shall not a man act like a man?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.